Shavo Odadjian says that a new studio album from SYSTEM OF A DOWN is “not happening” right now.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that the band had written more than a dozen new songs for a possible follow-up to “Mezmerize” and “Hypnotize”, which came out in 2005.
The band went on hiatus in the fall of that year, although they have toured most summers since 2011.
On July 2, Odadjian took part in a video question-and-answer session with fans, and was asked about the status of the new SYSTEM disc. “I’m waiting for a new album too,” he responded (see video below). “It’s not happening. I don’t know. I don’t know when it’s gonna be. Not right now.”
Dolmayan said in a recent interview that it’s “very disheartening” that SYSTEM hasn’t released a new album in nearly twelve years. Speaking to Las Vegas radio station X107.5, Dolmayan said: “In our band, the difficulty really isn’t, ‘Is one of us gonna fall off the wagon or get into a bad situation?’ It’s really a matter of, ‘Are we gonna come together and make something happen?’ It’s been about twelve years since we’ve put out an album.”
He continued: “I don’t know why we aren’t coming out with an album. It’s very disheartening, because it seems like we all get along, we all have a great time touring, we still are putting together really good music. I think that we can put out a fantastic album.”
Singer Serj Tankian — long speculated to be the holdout on recording — not long ago said that a new album was not on the radar. “As far as a SYSTEM record, there’s nothing in the plans right now,” he said. “It’s something that we’ll do down the line when it’s the right time. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now on my own, and trying to get all those releases out and work on them. But we’ve really been enjoying playing together on tour and having a blast, and I think our performance is actually better than it’s ever been in our heyday.”
Dolmayan maintained that music for a new SYSTEM album does exist, and that he feels it can “match or beat anything we’ve done in the past… It’s a matter of getting together and putting aside whatever differences, or whatever problems people have — which don’t seen to surface when we’re together, by the way.”
The band is spending June and July in Europe playing summer festivals and select headline dates.